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Richard Thompson, Wolf Alice, Revivalists, The VU, Dog vs Feather   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


PALMA VIOLETS drop a video for "Girl, You Couldn't Do Much Better On The Beach."  

RICHARD THOMPSON stopped by WFUV's Studio A to talk about his new album and play some of his new songs.

WOLF ALICE stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set. 

THE REVIVALISTS advance stream Men Amongst Mountains. 

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND: The Freeman Tape Sampler, Max’s Kansas City, NYC, August, 1970. 

THE TROGGS: "Wild Thing" and a live "A Girl Like You" for Twofer Tuesday.

THE RUNAWAYS: Jackie Fuchs issues her first statement since her rape allegation against her late manager.

IRON, WINE & HORSES: Sam Beam and Ben Bridwell talk to All Things Considered about the covers collection, Sing Into My Mouth. 

LIVE AID: Thirty Years Later

CONFESSIONS of a Wedding Singer

TOM SELLECK legally purchased the water he was accused of stealing in drought-ridden California.

50 CENT filed for bankruptcy, launcing a million "Get Rich or Die Tryin'" jokes. 

SUICIDE SQUAD has its Comic-Con trailer online

ARIANA GRANDE will not be charged with criminal mischief for her donut-licking incident. 

KRISTEN STEWART is profiled by Marie Claire

RAMBO will not be fighting ISIS

BOSTON: The estranged son of a respected police captain was arrested July 4 by FBI agents as part of a counter-terrorism operation against alleged ISIS-inspired domestic terrorists, federal officials told ABC News today.

GREECE has accepted a deal more austere than the one they rejected in their recent referendum. Well played, Greece. 

IRAQ: The government has announced the start of an counteroffensive to liberate Anbar province from ISIS, a fight that is likely to determine the course of the conflict in coming months.

IRAN: Hopes for a final agreement in the Iran nuclear talks were put on ice Monday, as Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said no deal was imminent and the White House said the talks are expected to continue into Tuesday.

DOG vs FEATHER: Who You Got

A CAT freed from a truck engine after a 28-mile trip has new home. 

AUSTRALIA's Friendliest Wombat

A DEAD RACCOON, Memorialized in Toronto

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Wilco, Will Butler, Vetiver, Bad Bad Hats, Sharkano   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, July 13, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


CHARLIE FINK (Noah and the Whale) drops his first solo video, "My Heartbeat Lost Its Rhythm."

WILCO's all-acoustic Solid Sound set is now streaming via WFUV.

WILL BUTLER (Arcade Fire) played for KEXP via The Cutting Room Studios of New York City.

VETIVER stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

BAD BAD HATS advance stream Psychic Reader.

LED ZEPPELIN dropped a rough take of "In The Evening" ahead of the In Through the Out Door resissue.

DISCO DEMOLITION NIGHT: Sunday was the anniversary of Disco Demolition Night, a promo event occurring during a scheduled twi-nite doubleheader between the Chicago White Sox and the Detroit Tigers that would prove to be the most ill-conceived promotional idea since the infamous "Ten Cent Beer Night" in Cleveland in 1974. Though some incorrectly think it had to do with racism, homophobia, etc., the event had much more to do with the fact that Chicago radio station WDAI forced out morning host Steve Dahl o­n Chirstmas Eve 1978, to switch to a disco format. A man who is cashiered wearing a Santa suit tends to carry a grudge. A few months later Dahl re-surfaced at WLUP with "Do You Think I'm Disco?" -- a parody of Rod Stewart's "Do You Think I'm Sexy?" with lyrics that targeted yuppie narcissism and materialism. He also did a bit where he pretended to blow-up disco records, which Mike Veeck, the son of Sox owner (and legendary showman) Bill Veeck, thought could be turned into a promotion in which admission was 98 cents (because WLUP was FM 98) for anyone who brought a disco record to be blown up between the two games. It was far more successful and less controllable than either Dahl or Veeck imagined, with young people storming the park to enter, creating a fog of marijuana smoke in the stands, sailing records like frisbees, throwing firecrackers and ultimately storming the diamond after the scheduled demolition had concluded and Dahl was en route to the announcer's booth for the second game. Footage of the event from from stellamasters, along with the aftermath at FuzzyMemories and this compilation of local news coverage from the night is pretty darned good, with cameos from Bill Kurtis and Greg Gumbel.

THE RUNAWAYS: Both Joan Jett and Cherie Currie have responded to Jackie Fox's rape allegation against their fmr manager, Kim Fowley.

BEN LEE, interviewed by Rose Byrne.

THE TURTLES are suing to stop a 210MM settlement between the RIAA and SiriusXM.

TRACK ONE, SIDE ONE: A Monday morning sort of list, a conversation-starter.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Minions dominated the chart with 115MM, exceeding even tarcking estimates of 100MM.That's the second-best animated opening, behind Shrek the Third. This spinoff cost only 75MM to make, so it's likely to profit in theaters.  Jurassic World places with 18.1MMon a 38 percent drop; the dinos haven't dropped 50 percent once, even after a 208MM debut.That's impressive.  Inside Out shows with 17.1MM on a 43 percent drop, which ain't bad in light of the animated competition.  Pixar's latest has a shot at tying Finding Nemo's impressive take before its done.  Terminator: Genisys takes the fourth slot with 13.7MM on a 49 percent drop, confirming that this one will likely kill the franchise.  The Gallows' debut rounds out the Top 5 with 10MM against a 1MM budget, with this apparently awful film confirming the market will always be there for horror flicks. Teens gotta clutch teens in the dark.  Below the fold, Self/Less flames out in eighth place; Ryan Reynolds better hope Deadpool s a hit.

JOHN STAMOS has checked himself into a residential program for the treatment of substance abuse.

BILL COSBY's wife knows her husband is a serial philanderer, but believes his scores of accusers consented to drugs and sex, two confidants of the couple say.

COMIC-CON in San Diego yielded trailers for Batman v Superman and The Man From U.N.C.L.E., plus a behind-the-scenes reel from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

UNBREAKABLE: An Oral History.

JENNIE GARTH married her fiancé, David Abrams.

ROGER REES, best known for his roles on Cheers and The West Wing (also Robin Hood: Men In Tights), has died at the age of 71.

OMAR SHARIF, best known for his roles in classic films Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago, Funny Girl, and Top Secret!, has died aged 83.

SYRIA: Assad signed a law ratifying a 1 billion dollar credit line from top regional ally Iran.

IRAQ's oil production hit an all-time high in June at 4.1 millions of barrels of oil per day, according to the International Energy Agency.

IRAN: Negotiators at the Iran nuclear talks plan to announce Monday that they've reached a historic deal capping nearly a decade of diplomacy that would curb the country's atomic program in return for sanctions relief, two diplomats told The Associated Press on Sunday.

SHARKS, swimming in an underwater volcano, probably with frickin' lasers on their heads.

GEORGE THE CAT really can stand on his own two feet.

AN INVASIVE GIANT SNAIL is bringing its parasites to Florida.

BORIS THE TORTOISE was lured back home with the sounds of tortoise love.

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Thin Lizzy, Jason Isbell, White Reaper, Ratatat, Neko Case, Leopard   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, July 10, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THIN LIZZY! Remember that chick who used to dance a lot? Here's Phil Lynott & Co. live at the Sydney Opera House in 1978, playing "Jailbreak," "Bad Reputation," "Cowboy Song," "The Boys Are Back In Town," "Waiting For An Alibi," and "Are You Ready?"

JASON ISBELL advance streams Something More Than Free.

WHITE REAPER advance streams Does It Again.

RATATAT advance streams Magnifique.

NEKO CASE played the Clearwater festival. 

WALTHAM: "Cheryl (Come and Take a Ride)" would've been a smash in the 80s.

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS: Patterson Hood writes about the South and the Confederate flag in the New York Times magazine.

THE RUNAWAYS: Jackie Fuchs (nee Fox)  has spoken out for the first time about an alleged rape by band manager and producer Kim Fowley she says took place at a party on New Year's Eve 1975-1976, which she also claims Joan Jett witnessed (and which Jett denies)

DAVID CROSBY finds Kanye West :dumb as a post," among other things..

RANDY MEISNER, former Eagles bassist, has been placed under court-ordered 24-hour supervision after allegedly threatening murder-suicide with an AK-47 and pills last January.

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd was sentenced to house arrest for his murder threat. 

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are Minions, which is currently scoring 54 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; The Gallows, which is scoring 14 percent; and Self/Less, scoring 22 percent.

ARIANA GRANDE's donut-licking is now under investigation

NATALIE PORTMAN is profiled by Harper's Bazaar. 

BRUCE JENNER's car crash video was released. 

BILL MURRAY helped clean up after the Deadheads left the Fare Thee Well concerts. The shows are online.

NICHOLAS CAGE was rudely awakened by a naked man eating a Fudgesicle at the foot of his bed.

CHINA: The US Office of Personnel Management revealed on Thursday that “sensitive information” about 21.5 million people was obtained last year by hackers believed to be working for and in China.  BTW, that figure --representing 7.7 percent of the US population--is almost certainly going to be revised upward; based on the low number of spouses and cohabitants reported.

GREECE cobbled together a reform plan that crosses its own “red lines” on taxes and pensions; Germany concedes some of Greece's debt will need to be restructured.

IRAN: Nuke talks were extended for a fourth time

A LEOPARD lunches on a zebra that explodes

THOSE TWO PUPPIES turned out to be black bears.

THIEVING BIRDS steal underwear and socks from skinny-dippers for their nests, not to mention the laughs. 

A BURMESE PYTHON slithers along a Welsh telephone wire.

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Mates of State, Sloan, Babes in Toyland, All Songs, Geese Police   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, July 09, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DESTROYER drops a clip for "Girl In A Sling" ahead of Poison Season

MATES OF STATE were live on KEXP from The Cutting Room Studios in New York City. 

SLOAN: June 29, 2015, at Rough Trade

BABES IN TOYLAND played Rock The Garden 2015

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED revisited the 90s in the latest installment of the series. 

JASON ISBELL drops the title track for "Something More Than Free." 

PALEHOUND drops “Healthier Folk” ahead of Dry Food

BO DONALDSON & THE HEYWOODS: "Billy, Don't Be a Hero," from the Summer of '74. Workin' the Elvis jumpuit look.

RICHARD THOMPSON: The Ultimate Triple Threat. (Thx, Frank Yang.)

JANIS JOPLIN: The story behind "Mercedez-Benz." 

FRANZ FERDINAND's Alex Kapranos shares the soundtrack of his life with NME.

RINGO STARR: Musical Genius

MARISA TOMEI is in final negotiations to play Aunt May in the Spider-Man reboot. So presumably, Peter Parker won't be worrying about her frail health.

TOM SELLECK is accused of water-rustling in drought-stricken Callifornia

ARIANA GRANDE apologized for saying she hates America and Americans, but really we're all fat.  

AMY SCHUMER apologized for some of her jokes. 

BEN AFFLECK & JENNIFER GARNER: You'll be shocked to learn their split may have been less than fully amicable.

BILL COSBY's statue at Disney World is coming down

JEFF GOLDBLUM and his wife welcomed a son on July 4.

ROSIE PEREZ is leaving The View

TWIN PEAKS: The reboot has been pushed back to 2017

CHINA: Far more than simply a market crisis, the turmoil on the Shanghai Stock Exchange is viewed by China’s leadership as a potential security threat to the regime.   

SYRIA: The US has trained a whopping force of 60 Syrian rebels to take on the Islamic State, for only 250MM dollars.

IRAN offered "constructive solutions" to resolve disputes in nuclear talks with six major powers, the Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA) reported on Wednesday, but Western officials suggested they had heard nothing new from Tehran. President Barack Obama pegged the chances of a nuclear agreement with Iran at “less than 50-50,” even as he worked to reassure Senate Democrats that he won't accept a bad deal.

BORDER COLLIES are being deployed by the National Park Service to "relocate" geese on the National Mall. 

SHARKNADO: A home in an ocean front neighborhood has become the talk of the town after the family who lives there found a shark in their backyard. Sue Bowser knows the shark didn't walk or swim there. She believes it fell from the sky, likely the result of a bird losing its grip on the shark. 

A MOUNTAIN LION has been reported throughout San Francisco in the past week, authorities said Tuesday. 

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A hipster rodent eats NY-style pizza

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Saun & Starr, Lucius, Joy Williams, Tallest Man on Earth, Munchkin Kitten   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, July 08, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BEST COAST drops a video for "Feeling Ok." 

SAUN & STARR, also part of Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, played Philadelphia's NON-COMMvention

LUCIUS played Rock the Garden 2015 .

JOY WILLIAMS, formerly of The Civil Wars, stopped by Morning becomes Eclectic for a session. 

THE TALLEST MAN ON EARTH played  at the legendary Electric Lady Studios in NYC in an exclusive show for WFUV.

ELEVENTH DREAM DAY drops "The People’s History”  ahead of Works For Tomorrow.

NE-HI drops "Drag" as a single. 

KEITH RICHARDS: The Lord of the Undead's "Take It So Hard."  (Thx, Jay!) 

FOALS' Yannis Philippakis talks to NME about drawing on Van Gogh's madness for the band's upcoming LP. 

!!! was profiled by SPIN

LOU CHRISTIE has been a trucker, a roughneck, a carnie – and a cult pop hero

RINGO STARR turned 75 yesterday; Ultimate Classic Rock listed his Top 10 Beatles songs. 

BACK TO THE FUTURE: A Cultural Legacy

RACHEL McADAMS reportedly has been offered the female lead in Marvel's Doctor Strange

HARRY SHEARER is sticking with The Simpsons after all. 

JARED FOGLE: The Subway spokesman is reportedly a suspect in a kiddie pr0n investigation. 

STAR WARS: The second standalone film will be a Han Solo origin tale.

IRAN: The nuclear talks have been extended again, meaning that Congress will get a 60-day look at it, rather than 30 days. 

SYRIA: Kurdish fighters have recaptured more than 10 villages seized by Islamic State north of its de facto capital of Raqqa city, aided by U.S.-led coalition air strikes, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Tuesday. 

THE ISLAMIC STATE released photos showing its fighters using surface to air missiles in Egypt's restive Sinai.

MUNCHKIN KITTEN Meows. Like a squeak toy.

A BEAR shattered a glass barrier at the Minnesota Zoo with rock "the size of a basketball." 

A CALICO LOBSTER, one in 30 million, escapes the dinner plate.

A TEXAS GATOR kills a man, breaking a 179-year streak

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